By Mandela Wells
While the 2Pac biopic has been in the works for years, it’s consistently hit roadblocks that prevent it’s completion. However, it now looks like the movie could possibly secure a director.
The three biggest challenges the film had been facing was developing a story, finding an actor to play the legendary rapper, and securing a director for the film. Morgan Creek Productions could have solved one of them though with music video and commercial director Benny Boom being brought on board.
Boom previously directed the 2009 action comedy “Next Day Air” and earned the BET Award for Video Director of the Year in 2009. In addition, he has directed numerous videos for big acts including Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Cassidy, Lil’ Kim, LL Cool J, and Nelly among others.
The company, which has been developing this film since 2011, is under pressure to begin shooting. If not, the music rights will revert to Afeni Shakur, the mother of the late rapper, at the end of the year.
Earlier versions of the script have all incorporated elements that show his rise to super-stardom as a rapper and actor, his time in prison, and the East Coast-West Coast rap war that pit him against his once friend and fellow rapper, The Notorious B.I.G.
2Pac (A.K.A. Tupac Shakur) died September 13, 1996 from gunshot wounds he obtained on the Las Vegas strip. In total, he has has sold over 75 million albums including his classic LP “All Eyez On Me.”
Shakur was portrayed for the first time on screen by Marcc Rose in this past summer’s surprise hit “Straight Outta Compton.”
No word has been mentioned on the film’s cast or release date.